Our train was returned to us under its own power the following day, having stabled at Tonbridge in the early hours of Monday morning; it had suffered negligible damage. Leonards Depot but entered service at Sevenoaks at 0625; picking up at Bromley South, Kensington Olympia, Willesden Junction (High Level) and Finsbury Park, it ran via the Norwich triangle to Cromer and Sheringham; return was via the same route, arriving at Sevenoaks at 2108., First GBRf, and Network Rail all co-operated with a RAIB investigation into the derailment, which subsequently resulted in the publication of this report; the design, maintenance and operation of our train were found to have had no bearing on the incident. around 1400 on a test-run over the Romney Marsh to Ashford International.

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Entries from April to December 2004 can be viewed here. All the Railtours which HDL has operated are listed and described on the Railtour archive page.

Naturally, that page overlaps somewhat with this one.

Some problems were experienced towards the far end with an MCB tripping, resulting in a delayed return journey. A test run today to confirm the fix on the fault previously encountered instead provided different symptoms with brakes hanging-on, and the test run was curtailed after only going to Hastings station; back at the depot, dirt in an air-strainer on motor coach and ran non-stop at full speed almost all the way from Hastings to Tonbridge, returning at 2114 after a 7-minute turnround, and was back in the depot by 2230.

The train behaved itself perfectly this time, inspiring confidence for Saturday’s railtour.

for an Engineering Fleet staff Christmas outing with full catering & buffet service laid on by HDL staff; it ran to Eastbourne then back past the depot to Ashford, then to Brighton and back to Hastings.

Our train was again chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia; the charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form.Leonards depot at 0955 and ran thus: Hastings (reverse) - Battle - Tonbridge (reverse) - Ashford - Dover - Minster - Canterbury West - Ashford (reverse) - Rye - St. It arrived at 1445, facing the same direction as on departure, and with no problems encountered.1001 went out on a pre-railtour test-run today; it departed at and its route was Hastings – Tonbridge – Ashford – Dover Priory – Minster curve – Canterbury West – Ashford – Rye – Hastings and return to depot.Andy Armitage shot some video of it passing Doleham which may be of interest., a charity outing from Hastings to London and the Kent & Surrey areas, in aid of Help for Heroes, with bookings being handled by UK Railtours.Our train was chartered for the Olympia Express special excursion to Kensington Olympia; the charter was organized by a third party, with the publicity being hosted by HDL; that publicity remains available for historical interest here: leaflet, booking-form and final timings.At short notice 1001 went out on a test run to Tonbridge West Yard, out & back via Rye.Our DEMU operated the HDL Green Dragon railtour to Cardiff via Guildford and Salisbury. for George Graham; it ran via Ashford, Folkestone and Dover to Ramsgate, Margate, Gillingham, Farningham Road, Kent House and London Victoria where it arrived 24 minutes early; Despite its reversal at Ashford, the ensuing circular route to Victoria kept the train the same way round.